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The Friends were nominated for a ‘Ceny Ď’ prize in the Czech Republic

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June 2015 - The Friends were nominated for a ‘Ceny Ď’ prize in the Czech Republic. This is for our work on Uherčice Château in South Moravia. The château found itself in a restricted area near the Iron Curtain border with Austria for 41 years, and was used by border guards for some time. Since 1989 the Czech Heritage Institute has been conserving a...
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Lecture: 'Lednice/Valtice - Bringing the UNESCO-listed historic gardens in Moravia to life'

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May 2015 - The Friends held a lecture 'Lednice/Valtice - Bringing the UNESCO-listed historic gardens in Moravia to life', given by Ing. Přemysl Krejčiřík PhD and Kamila Krejčiříková PhD, photo below.Ing. Kamila Krejčiříková Ph.D., assisted by her husband Přemysl, gave a very interesting lecture at the Czech Embassy, London, on the work they, as exp...
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Members of The Friends' committee travelled to see projects in the Czech Republic

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March 2015 - Members of The Friends' committee travelled to see projects in the Czech Republic early in the month, visiting the Church of St Nicholas in Petrovice, the Château of Uherčice and the Château of Čečovice.Photo: from left to right Peter Jamieson and Barbara Peacock of The Friends, Miroslava Susová and her son Jíří, James Robertson of The...
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Lecture 'HAVEL, A LIFE' by Mr Michael Žantovský, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UK

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March 2015 - The Friends held a lecture 'HAVEL, A LIFE' by Mr Michael Žantovský, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UK and biographer of Havel, on 5th March 2015 at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, London. Václav Havel, an intellectual, playwright, philosopher and President, was a key figure of the 20th century and Michael Žantovský was one...
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Lecture: 'Kilián Ignac Dientzenhofer (1689-1751) - Architect and Master Builder in 18th century Bohemia' by Caroline Cannon-Brookes

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February 2015 - The Friends organised a lecture in the Czech Embassy, London, 'Kilián Ignac Dientzenhofer (1689-1751) - Architect and Master Builder in 18th century Bohemia' by Caroline Cannon-Brookes, art historian, former lecturer at Leeds University, held on 5th February 2105.The event was organised with the co-operation of the Embassy of the Cz...
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The Prague Post reports on the exhibition ' Castles & Chateaux Rediscovered and Celebrated'

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December 2014 - The Prague Post reports on the exhibition ' Castles & Chateaux Rediscovered and Celebrated'"The exhibition opens with the monumental medieval gates of Karlštejn Castle, though which the Holy Roman Emperor and Czech King Charles IV would have walked; they have been witness to many skirmishes throughout history and now are opened ...
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'The Velvet Revolution 25 Years on: An Émigré Perspective'

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November 2014 - Friends' lecture in London, organised with the support and co-operation of the Embassy of the Czech Republic'The Velvet Revolution 25 Years on: An Émigré Perspective'The Friends held a lecture evening by Dr. Katya Kocourek, formerly of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London, who gave an absorbi...
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Friends' Lecture: Alphonse Mucha, his life and heritage

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October 2014 - Friends' Lecture: Alphonse Mucha, his life and heritageJohn Mucha, grandson of Alphonse Mucha, gave a fascinating talk to a large audience at the Czech Embassy about the fate of the Mucha family during the German Occupation of Czechoslovakia and then under the Communism and how Mucha’s own collection of his work was preserved under t...
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Summer 2014 - The Friends' Working Parties in South Bohemia

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Summer 2014 - The Friends' Working Parties in South BohemiaWe were a mixed party with ages ranging from early 20s to mid 70s and included students, a retired architect, social workers and a food store manager. We helped to lay the drains, built walls and excavated a cellar to provide storage, with a particular focus on the Mauricovna, a building in...
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The Czech National Trust launched in London

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June 2014 - The Czech National Trust launched in LondonThe Czech National Trust was officially inaugurated at a formal dinner at the Reform Club in London, attended by HE The Czech Ambassador Mr Michael Zantovský, representatives of Parliament and the Czech Government, and many distinguished members of the international heritage community, includin...
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